The stories have been read, the voter’s pamphlet perused and the debates attended – now there’s just one more box to check: It’s time to mail in that ballot.
With Halloween in the rearview mirror, Election Day is right around the corner. That means ballots must be mailed and postmarked by next Tuesday, Nov. 4.
Drop boxes are located at all city and county libraries; STA Plaza, 701 W. Riverside; and the Spokane County Elections Office, 1033 W. Gardner Ave.
Also voters may drop off ballots, get replacement ballots or use an Accessible Voting Unit on Tuesday – plus have questions answered – at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Here’s a quick refresher on what’s on the ballot:
- Congressional conflict – Incumbent superwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers will attempt to fend off yet another Democratic challenger, this time in the form of 57-year-old Joe Pakootas from Inchelium.
- Newcomer in the 4th – One way or another, there will be a new face headed to Olympia from Spokane Valley’s 4th District. For Position 1, it will be either former Valley mayor Diana Wilhite or Bob McCaslin – no, not that one, his son – who will get the nod. Both are Republicans.
- Shea vs. Arritolo – The needle definitely swings farther to the right for incumbent Matt Shea for the 4th District’s second seat than fellow Republican challenger Josh Arritolo, a Chattaroy business consultant. The pair has provided some entertaining debates, which have all of us asking: “Can I name all of the Valley school mascots?”
- Johnson surprise – One of the big questions headed into Election Day is whether or not Democrat Mary Lou Johnson can maintain the momentum she gained in her strong primary showing against Republican incumbent Al French for Spokane County commissioner, District 3. We will see…
- A new prosecutor – It seems like Steve Tucker has been Spokane County prosecutor since, well, forever. Turns out it’s been 16 years, and the job will now go to either Republican Larry Haskell, a former Air Force pilot, or Democrat Breean Beggs, a private practice attorney specializing in civil law.
- Sheriff showdown – Republican incumbent Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is staring down a challenge from Doug Orr, a GOP-leaning Spokane city police detective.
- A numbers game – Amy Biviano, Democrat, is no stranger to seeking public office – she’s sought seats for 4th District legislator and Spokane Valley City Council – and this time she has her sights set on Republican Rob Chase, incumbent county treasurer.
- Property people – Incumbent Spokane County Assessor Vicki Horton will fend off a challenge from Roger Trainor, fellow GOP supporter, and Realtor.
- Dalton challenge – Republican Alene Lindstrand says it’s time for Vicky Dalton, a Democrat who has served as county auditor for the past 16 years, to go. Dalton says she has the chops and the energy for another term.
- Clerk conflict – While Tim Fitzgerald, Republican, has yet to earn the public vote, he is the appointee chosen for clerk job by the Board of Spokane County Commissioners. Challenger Mary Wissink, Democrat, is a write-in candidate who qualified for the general election ballot.
- Gun fight – Initiative 594, if passed, would expand the current background check system to include gun sales made out of homes or gun shows. However, it would be undone by the passage of Initiative 591, which bar any change to the state’s background-check law that is stricter than that of the federal government.
- Rockford levy – Proposition 1 in the Town of Rockford would replace the expiring fire-protection levy at 51 cents per $1,000 in assessed valuation, raising $12,400 for 2015.